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Cubs player visits Niles YMCA

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A small town hero made a big debut at his own grade school on Tuesday.

David Garner of Niles was recently drafted by the Chicago Cubs Organization.

In the off-season, he's helping out with the youth program through the YMCA.

He tells FOX28 he learned about the program through his mother who works at the YMCA.  He says his childhood was very similar to that of kids in the program.

"I grew up in a single parent household, so they figure I can relate a little bit to the kids.  They just want me to tell them how basically, tough times, stick through them," Garner says. "It might be hard in the beginning, but you don't have to be rich or the best kid in the world to have success in life."

Garner says he wants to stay and help out with the program until he has to gear up for spring training.

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